In this video, macro photographer Jens from Another Perspective walks us through how to take these intriguing ultra-close ups of your own or somebody else’s iris. Once the iris is cut out from the background in Photoshop it provides a unique view of what the eye looks like, in a way that you would never normally see it. Just a quick word of warning: I’m a bit squeamish when it comes to eyes so for anyone of a similar disposition you might want to skip this tutorial!
In this video photographer James Quantz Jr talks about something that doesn’t get discussed very often but is an important topic that can hinder many brilliant artists and photographers. He calls it pre-shoot anxiety, but it comes under many other names: performance anxiety, or just good old fashioned nervousness. We all imagine that once we get to a certain level you won’t have this issue anymore, but it’s much more common than you think, and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. If you suffer from performance anxiety then know that you aren’t alone, and even better, that there are many practical things that you can do to reduce this feeling and help you to perform at your best during your next shoot.
DIYP’s own resident travel photographer Dave Williams has taken to the road, travelling (for now) the UK for some off-grid living in a van to explore and photograph as much of it as he can. On his entry into Scotland, Dave came to visit me so I could take him to explore the local river and woodland.
While out, Dave showed me an excellent camera strap tip to help you get steadier videos and photos when shooting handheld. We’ve all seen the trick of holding the camera out right in front of us and bracing the strap against the back of our neck, but this technique is very different and still gives you a lot of freedom of movement. Naturally, I forced him to give me his phone so I could film it to show the rest of you!
When you’re first starting out photographing people with flash, it can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you’re used to shooting with natural light, the pieces don’t all click into place right away and it’s easy to make mistakes and not be entirely sure how to rectify the problem. So, here’s Francisco Hernandez with three of the mistakes he sees new off-camera flash photographers making and how to resolve them.
There seems to be a popular conception out there that you don’t use flash under any circumstances during musical performances. While good manners and etiquette might suggest that this should be the default position to take when not told otherwise, there are times when flash is allowed and can bring you some fantastic results that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve.
Like, if you’re there specifically to photograph the band. But how do you use the lights? How do you know where to put them for a live event when you don’t know what your subject’s going to do and where they’re going to do it? Well, this video from professional music photographer Todd Owyoung via Creative Live is going to tell and show you how.
Social media is a vital part of how a business promotes itself, and having a wide variety of social media tools at your disposal is important. While you can link all your social media accounts together to create one post appearing on all of them, this strategy ignores unique opportunities each platform offers to its audience.
For example, Twitter might be perceived as just a witty space to carefully craft a succinct 280 characters. But it has features that distinguish it from other platforms to help you build your brand and implement your business strategies.
Have you been wondering why anybody would use flash outdoors during the daytime? After all, it’s daytime. It’s pretty bright already, isn’t it? So, you’re not ramping your ISO up high, so why would anybody use flash outside? Well, yes, it’s bright-ish, but the natural light isn’t always giving you what you want. Sometimes it needs a little help.
In this video from Andrew Boey at Beyond Photography, we learn how, when and why you might want to use flash outdoors in the daytime – even on a bright sunny day.
Creating tiny planets has become really popular ever since consumer 360° cameras started becoming a thing about five or six years ago. So popular that there’s even native support in apps for cameras like those from Insta360 to create them. But what if you want to do something a bit higher resolution, or with higher dynamic range and a bit more control than a 360° camera can offer?
Well, in this tutorial from Paul Trani at the Adobe Photoshop YouTube channel, you’ll learn how to create them within Photoshop using just a standard panoramic image shot with nothing but your regular DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Shooting with wide very angle lenses can often produce some unique issues that you don’t encounter with other focal lengths. In this video, Toma Bonciu takes us through his thought process in taking great landscape images using a 17-40mm lens. It’s all too easy to try to fit the entire scene in front of you into the photo, but wide-angle lenses are well, wide, and so you need to be aware of the entire scene around you.